Eom Tae-woong

엄태웅 / Uhm Tae Woong (Eom Tae Woong)

Uhm Tae-woong(born April 5, 1974) is a South Korean actor. He made his acting debut in 1998, but initially struggled to emerge from under the shadow of his older sister, popular singer-actress Uhm Jung-hwa . After several years of small roles and work in one-act dramas, Uhm began to gain recognition after his villainous turn in the romantic comedyDelightful Girl Choon-Hyang. In 2005, he made his breakthrough in the critically acclaimedResurrection, followed by another revenge-themed seriesThe Devilin 2007. Since then, he has starred in diverse leading roles on film and television, notably inForever the Moment(2008),Chaw(2009),Cyrano Agency(2010),Architecture 101(2012), andMan from the Equator(2012).

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 Eom Tae-woong's Career

1998-2004: Struggling actor[edit]

Silmido, in which he played a member of a suicide commando unit trained to kill Kim Il-sung in the 1960s. Starring veteran actors Sol Kyung-gu and Ahn Sung-ki ,Silmidodrew over 10 million admissions, and Ahn encouraged Uhm, saying he "would turn into a true actor."[citation needed]Uhm continued to go on auditions with little success, partly from the long shadow cast by his older sister, popular singer-actress Uhm Jung-hwa .

Then in 2004, Uhm played a dying man in the acclaimed Drama City episodeBlue Skies of Jeju Island, a well-received performance for which he won his first acting trophy at the 2004 KBS Drama Awards .

2005: Breakthrough[edit]

, a modern retelling of the classic Korean folktaleChunhyangjeon. But instead of the villainous magistrate of the folktale, Uhm played a talent agency executive who becomes obsessed with the heroine.

was a critical hit and gained a cult following , and one review praised Uhm for "the kind of acting expected from Song Kang-ho and Choi Min-sik ," not from a young little-known actor who'd previously appeared in a few projects in supporting roles.His growing fanbase nicknamed him "the UhmForce" (derived fromStar Wars), and he received an Excellence Award from the 2005 KBS Drama Awards and a Best TV Actor nomination from the 2006 Baeksang Arts Awards .

2006-2008: Leading roles continue[edit]

, but an on-set accident that injured Han and co-star Eric Mun led to production being halted and the series was cancelled after airing only three episodes.Uhm moved on toStranger Than Paradise, in which he played the manager of a singer, the same woman his long-lost brother also falls in love with. He also joined the ensemble cast of Kim Tae-yong 's critically acclaimed filmFamily Ties, playing a reckless but charming man who suddenly shows up at his sister's door with a live-in partner 20 years his senior. For this role, Uhm won Best New Actor at the Chunsa Film Art Awards .

In 2007, Uhm, reunited withResurrection's director Park Chan-hong and writer Kim Ji-woo inThe Devil, the second in Park and Kim's noir vengeance trilogy that explore the conflict between good and evil, and sin and punishment. He gave another memorable lead performance as a detective hunting down a serial killer while attempting to atone for his past. Uhm also starred in December romanceMy Love, in which his character is a Free Hugs activist who returns to Korea after six years overseas in the hopes of finding his ex-girlfriend.

he continued building a diverse filmography in 2008. In Yim Soon-rye 's sleeper hitForever the Moment, Uhm played the tough coach of the National Women's Handball Team (and received a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Blue Dragon Film Awards ). In Lee Joon-ik 'sSunny, he played a newly married Korean soldier conscripted during the Vietnam War . And inIri, he played a cab driver taking care of his mentally impaired sister in the aftermath of the Iri Station Explosion .

2009-2010: Ratings and box-office success[edit]

Queen Seondeok, for which he received a Top Excellence Award at the 2009 MBC Drama Awards .

While inDr. Champ, after his character's ice hockey career was ended by injury, he became a cranky sports medicine doctor reminiscent of Gregory House .

2011-2013: Reality show[edit]

Through it, viewers discovered the real-life shy, dorky personality behind Uhm's intense screen persona.

co-star Joo Won inS.I.U., as two detectives who team up against corruption in their ranks.

Architecture 101(the latter was a box-office hit, breaking records at the time as the top-grossing Korean melodrama of all time).

. Uhm then reunited withMan from the Equatordirector Kim Yong-soo inThe Blade and Petal, a period drama set in Goguryeo . He played Yeon Gaesomun 's fictional illegitimate son who has a forbidden romance with the princess whose father, the king , was killed by Yeon in a coup.

. He played a manager who dreams of becoming an actor.

along with other regulars Lee Soo-geun , Sung Si-kyung , and Yoo Hae-jin .

2014: Cable dramas[edit]

In early 2014, Uhm played an arrogant film director who falls in love with a divorcee inCan We Love?, which aired on cable channel jTBC .

from tvN , in which his character's marriage is put to the test after his wife has an affair, so as a marine researcher he sets out to prove that her new romance is "invalid."

2015: Back to variety[edit]

, a reality show in which male celebrities take care of their young children for 48 hours.He got off the program october 2015.

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 Eom Tae-woong's Personal life

Uhm's father, Uhm Jin-ok, was a public school music teacher who died from a motorcycle accident after Uhm had just turned 100 days old. After his father's death, his family (consisting of his mother (Yoo Gyeong-sook), three older sisters, and him as the youngest) faced serious financial problems. His older sister Uhm Jung-hwa entered show business as a pop singer and released her first album in 1993 (earning the label " Madonna of Korea"); she later turned to acting.

Their daughter Uhm Ji-on was born on June 18, 2013.

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 Eom Tae-woong's Filmography


1998 The Happenings Employee
2003 Spring Bears Love Lee Young-seok
Silmido Won-sang
2004 A Family Dong-su
2005 Another Public Enemy Song Jung-hoon
2006 Family Ties Lee Hyung-chul
2007 My Love Jin-man
2008 Forever the Moment Ahn Seung-pil
Sunny Sang-gil
Iri Tae-woong
2009 Handphone Oh Seung-min
Chaw Police officer Kim
2010 Cyrano Agency Lee Byeong-hoon
2011 S.I.U. Kim Seong-beom
2012 Never Ending Story Kang Dong-joo
Architecture 101 Lee Seung-min (present)
2013 Top Star Tae-sik

Television series[]

2000 Look Back in Anger KBS2
2001 High School SBS
MBC Best Theater"An Incomplete Love" MBC
2004 Span Drama"10 Years Later" MBC
MBC Best Theater"Train for Gomsk" Husband MBC
Forbidden Love Sa-joon KBS2
Drama City"Blue Skies of Jeju Island" Kim Ki-tae KBS2
2005 Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang Byun Hak-do KBS2
Resurrection Seo Ha-eun/Yoo Shin-hyuk KBS2
2006 Wolf Yoon Sung-mo MBC
Stranger Than Paradise Kang San-ho SBS
2007 The Devil Kang Oh-soo KBS2
2008 Fight Kang Gun's father (cameo) tvN
2009 Queen Seondeok Kim Yushin MBC
2010 Dr. Champ Lee Do-wook SBS
2012 Man from the Equator Kim Sun-woo KBS2
2013 7th Grade Civil Servant Choi Woo-hyuk (guest, episodes 1-4) MBC
The Blade and Petal Yeon Choong KBS2
2014 Can We Love? Oh Kyung-soo jTBC
Valid Love Jang Hee-tae tvN

Variety show[]

2002 New Year's Special: Pokso Song Festival KBS
Family Sings on Saturday KBS1
2009 Happy Together KBS2 Guest withHandphonecast
2010 Happy Together KBS2Guest withCyrano Agencycast
Come to Play MBC
2011 Come to Play MBC Guest withS.I.U.cast (episode 414)
Win Win KBS2 Guest with2 Days & 1 Nightcast (episode 87)
2011-2013 2 Days & 1 Night KBS2 Cast member
2012 Happy Together KBS2 Guest withNever Ending Storycast
(episode 231)
2013 Taxi tvN Guest withTop StardirectorPark Joong-hoon
Happy Together KBS2 Guest withTop Starcast
2015 The Return of Superman KBS2 Cast member

Music video[]

YearSong TitleArtist
1998 "Miracle" Kim Dong-ryool
2001 "Tears" Hwayobi
2003 "I Am Always Alone" Page
2004 "Timeless"SG Wannabe
"I Loved You to Death"
2005 "Ordinary Woman" Lyn

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 Eom Tae-woong's Theater

The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Jesus Christ Superstar

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 Eom Tae-woong's Discography

YearSong TitleFrom AlbumNotes
2007 "Please Don't Love Me" Track fromThe DevilOST
2009 "The Only One"Track fromQueen SeondeokSpecial OST
2010 "I Went toCheonggyesan Mt." Track fromCyrano AgencyOST Duet withChoi Daniel
2011 "Confession Day"Track fromNever Ending StoryOST
"Wedding Song" Duet withJung Ryeo-won
2012 "One Fine Day in October"
Track fromMan from the EquatorOST Duet withLee Bo-young
"해당화 외 (한용운 작)"

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 Eom Tae-woong's Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2004 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a One-Act Drama/Special Blue Skies of Jeju IslandWon
2005 Excellence Award, Actor Resurrection,
Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang
Best Couple Awardwith Han Ji-minResurrectionWon
2006 Best Actor (TV)Nominated
14th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best New Actor Family TiesWon
2007 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries The DevilNominated
2008 29th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Forever the MomentNominated
2009 Top Excellence Award, Actor Queen SeondeokWon
2010 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Dr. ChampNominated
2011 Top Entertainer Award2 Days & 1 NightWon
Grand Prize (Daesang)shared with entire castWon
2012 20's Male Drama StarMan from the EquatorNominated
5th Korea Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang)Nominated
1st K-Drama Star Awards Excellence Award, ActorNominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length DramaWon
PD AwardWon
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV)Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, ActorThe Blade and PetalNominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length DramaNominated
47th Taxpayer's Day N/AWon

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 Eom Tae-woong's References

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